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Links – 2021-05-21


A Jewish case for Palestinian refugee return | Palestinian territories | The Guardian


Arab states split for first time on refusal to condemn Israel over Gaza | Gaza | The Guardian
"Long-time observers of Israel and Palestine say the divergent reactions to this round of fighting have put some regional powers in a difficult position with their own populations."
"This ancient city has been turned into a battleground, and the Israeli police are doing nothing to ease tensions"


Indian mosque bulldozed in defiance of high court order | India | The Guardian

A local administration in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has defied a state high court order and bulldozed a mosque, in one of the most inflammatory actions taken against a Muslim place of worship since the demolition of the Babri Mosque by a mob of Hindu nationalist rioters in 1992.

[Stench of death pervades rural India as Ganges swells with Covid victims] (


Brexit: UK travellers to France and Spain may need proof of accommodation

British visitors to France and Spain may be asked to show proof of their accommodation - potentially including an official certificate, obtained in advance, if they are staying with friends or family - once Covid travel restrictions are lifted.

The world is growing pettier and nastier, bit by bit.


Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin donated $1 billion worth of Shiba Inu coin to India - Vox
"The saga highlights just how uncharted the territory is in the world of crypto philanthropy."

Bill Gates will never be the same after scandal and his divorce from Melinda French Gates - Vox
"Bill Gates is mired in deep scandal, after decades of bolstering his philanthropic image."

Inside Apple’s Compromises in China: A Times Investigation - The New York Times
Durov (Telegram man):

The New York Times uncovered (#^ that Apple is involved in large-scale surveillance and censorship at the behest of China. It is sad, but not surprising: big tech companies often choose profits over freedoms.
Apple is very efficient at pursuing their business model, which is based on selling overpriced, obsolete hardware to customers locked in their ecosystem.
Every time I have to use an iPhone to test our iOS app I feel like I’m thrown back into the Middle Ages. The iPhone’s 60Hz displays can’t compete with the 120Hz displays of modern Android phones that support much smoother animations.
The worst part of Apple’s tech though is not clunkier devices (#^ or outdated hardware. Owning an iPhone makes you a digital slave (#^ Apple – you are only allowed to use apps that Apple lets you install via their App Store, and you can only use Apple’s iCloud to natively back up your data.
It’s no wonder that Apple’s totalitarian approach is so appreciated by the Communist Party of China, which – thanks to Apple – now has complete control over the apps and data of all its citizens who rely on iPhones.

Twitter: Our AI image-cropping algorithm is biased toward White people, women • The Register
Twitter said its AI-powered image-cropping algorithm is slightly biased in favor of White people and women after all, and has taken steps to ditch its reliance on the machine-learning code.

Google Rekindles Interest in RSS - Slashdot


Amazon hit by 5 more lawsuits from employees who allege race and gender discrimination - Vox

Amazon warehouse workers say they’re risking coronavirus exposure to fulfill your Amazon Prime orders - Vox
“If the public really knew what was going on in the facilities, they might think twice about shopping on Amazon,”

When we talk about Amazon, we’re really talking about the future of work,” Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which represents workers at major retailers such as Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and H&M, told Recode. “Other employers feel that if they want to survive, they have to find a way to change their working conditions to replicate Amazon. And that’s exactly what we don’t want — we don’t want Amazon to be the model for what working is going to be like, of what the future of work is going to look like.

Amazon’s Black employees report years of racism at the company  - Vox

Bias, disrespect, and demotions: Black employees say Amazon has a race problem
Interviews with diversity managers and internal data obtained by Recode indicate that Black Amazon employees are promoted less frequently and are rated more harshly than non-Black peers.